Reopen meat and bone meal debate, argues organic farmer
Published:  24 May, 2013

The meat and bone meal (MBM) debate should be reopened according to a leading organic farmer.

Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association, said: “Our view is that pigs and chickens should be waste recyclers, but legislation does make that difficult, and it’s something we need to work on, perhaps reopening the MBM debate at some point.”

Speaking at the Sustaining the Health of the Nation Conference in London, Browning said livestock played a key role when it came to organic farming, but there was a real debate to be had between the benefits of red versus white meat.

“Pigs and poultry are more efficient converters of feed into nutrients, but they consume large amounts of grain, but do not produce methane. Grass-fed red meat, however, does not compete with humans for grain. We would emphasise our reliance on meat from grass-fed systems.”

She highlighted the Soil Association’s Food for Life catering mark to delegates, which has an emphasis on less but better meat consumption, based on grass-fed and free-range production.

She said the scheme aimed to encourage consumers to adopt a better diet across key areas.

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